Sperry Top-Sider Nood in Marblehead: Sunday

A storm front brought showers and choppy seas to the final day of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD in Marblehead

With a storm front moving through Massachusetts Bay this afternoon, the conditions between Saturday and Sunday of the Sperry Top-Sider Nood Regatta in Marblehead could not have been more different. As the first guns sounded, the rain started to fall and by the third leg of the J/105 fleet’s first race the combination of light air and building chop kept many of the lead boats from making significant gains up the course.

"It made the course very challenging going upwind today," said J/105 overall winner Ric Dexter. "Our fleet was extremely close, all three top boats were within one point of each other. Fred deNapoli in the second place boat, and Two Feathers [third place] from Dallas are all fantastic competition and inspirational sailors." Dexter and his crew aboard Circe's Cup not only won the J/105 class but also the Wilmington Trust leader spinnaker, a new award added to this year's Marblehead NOOD.

Seemingly indifferent to the difficult conditions throughout the weekend was David Nelson and his crew aboard his Rhodes 19, USA 3172. Not only did they take first place in the Rhodes 19 class, but also snagged the honor of Marblehead NOOD Overall Winner. The top spot earned Nelson and his crew a berth at the NOOD Championship in the British Virgin Islands in October, which will be sailed in 44-foot boats provided by Sunsail.

Thomas Horonos and his crew aboard Etchells, Destiny, took first place in his class overall for the weekend. (Sail no. 988)Michelle Phillips
J/105 Circe's Cup won their class in 2014, but not without serious competition. The top three boats in the class were all within a point of each other.Michelle Phillips
International One Design, Javelin, finishes a downwind leg in light air.Michelle Phillips
The Viper Class braved the foul weather the longest, staying out on the racecourse along with the J/70s to fit in three full races.Michelle Phillips
Significant chop and light air created tactical challenges for International One Design sailors.Michelle Phillips
Etchells Magic Dragon, skippered by Michael Jobin, complete their mark rounding and head back down the course for their first finish in today's races.Michelle Phillips
J/105 class winner, Circe's Cup, ducks just below another J/105 in the early part of the day while the breeze was up. As racing continued, the weather and wind deteriorated.Michelle Phillips
Today's damp conditions weren't for the faint of heart, but those who were able to read the course well succeded.Michelle Phillips
The competitive J/105 fleet were only able to sail one race today with the top contenders remaining just one point away from each other in the overall standings.Michelle Phillips